How to Ripen Bananas Quickly

Ripe Bananas
Ripe Bananas

If you need to ripen a bunch of bananas quickly for baking banana bread, banana cake or any other recipe, here are a few pointers on speeding up the ripening process:

  1. Do not separate the bananas. They tend to ripen faster when connected.
  2. Put the bananas in a paper bag and seal. Add an apple or tomato to the bag to speed it up even more from the ethylene gas from those fruits.
  3. Put the bagged bananas in a warm place, such as near a heating vent or in the sun on your counter.
  4. This doesn’t count as ripening, but it will at least give you the desired texture – preheat your oven to 300 degrees, and warm your bananas in the oven until the skin turns black.

Here are a few recipes using bananas:

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This is not part of the 52 Cakes Challenge, but I happened to have some bananas aging and getting dark that I needed to use. Typically I freeze the ripe bananas if they fully ripen before I get the chance to eat them fresh, and collect them until I have enough to make my chocolate chip banana bread recipe. My chocolate chip banana bread is always a big hit at the office! Here are photos and the recipe to learn how to make chocolate chip banana bread. It’s too easy not to bake it yourself. ­čÖé

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 black, ripe bananas
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 0.75 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 0.5 bag of your favorite chocolate chips

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash the melted butter and ripened bananas together in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, the beaten egg and vanilla. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Add the flour about 1/2 cup at a time stirring it in completely. At the end, toss in about a half a bag of your favorite chocolate chips. I personally prefer dark chocolate chips, but I happened to have semi-sweet on-hand for the loaf of chocolate chip banana bread you see pictured above. Pour the batter into a 4×8 bread pan. Either non-stick spray it or butter it (I recommend doing this even if it’s a non-stick pan). Bake at 350 degrees for about one hour. Cool the chocolate chip banana bread completely before trying to remove from the pan and serve!

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